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Published Tuesday 14 May 2019

On Friday 10th May the Wairarapa District Health Board celebrated nursing success at the annual PDRP Ceremony.

18 nurses who have successfully gained their PDRP Level over the past 12 months were invited, along with their managers and colleagues, to an afternoon tea. The Professional Development & Recognition Programme (PDRP) enables us to formally acknowledge the significant contribution nursing practice makes in all areas of our DHB.

PDRP is an opportunity for nurses to showcase their clinical practice, their level of knowledge and skills and their professionalism – it allows nurses to realise that their everyday practice, the real ‘nuts and bolts’ of what they do every day at work, is worthy of acknowledgement. We congratulate the 18 nurses who received their certificates.

Nursing is already one of the most trusted professions in the world. We make up the single largest segment of the health care workforce. We spend the greatest amount of time delivering patient care as a profession and therefore have valuable insights and unique abilities to contribute as partners in care with others. We also have a valuable role in contributing to the review and redesign of heath care systems and models of care delivery.

To manage greater responsibilities and the increasing complexity of healthcare, we need to achieve higher levels of education and training. This PDRP programme is about more than simply demonstrating higher levels of competence in practice. It is also about PDRP candidates developing leadership and demonstrating a commitment to their careers, their profession and above all to excellence in care for their patients/clients/community. This is the professional development aspect of the programme.

The PDRP seeks to support individual nurses to develop their practice and recognise the additional contributions made by these nurses to the workplace. This is the recognition part of the programme.

This programme supports innovation, reflects contemporary practice and is competency based.